Sunday, January 1, 2017

Word up....2017

     About a week ago, I got a song stuck in my head from the 70's.  It was the song "Day by Day" from the musical Godspell.  I have never seen the musical, although it was on tv the other day.  I just couldn't stop singing the song, it seemed to be speaking to me in a very real way.  I had been thinking about my word for 2017, so I spent some time listening, singing, and reading the lyrics to the song.

"Day by day, day by day
Oh, dear Lord, three things I pray
To see Thee more clearly
Love Thee more dearly
Follow Thee more nearly
Day by day

written by Stephen Schwartz

The word more kept coming back to me.  More was Jim's words for 2106...I didn't want to copy his word, but it stayed with me.  I tried it out for a few days and it seems to have stuck. 

     What does more look like for me?  I am not 100% sure, but I have a few ideas.  More is not about greed, even though it can be taken that way.  To me, more is what is in the song...seeing, loving, following God more.  I know from experience when I do that, I have more of everything else in my life.  That is my starting point for the word more this year.

     My friend Liz has made a list of things that she would like to do in 2017.  I think that is a grand idea and I will be making my own list that goes along with my word.  I have a start already, I just need to clarify it a little more before I put it in writing.  I did something similar with a previous word and each month did a self check to see how well I was focusing on my word.  

     I am never sure what my word will be each year, but the word usually finds me.  Some years I am more successful focusing on my word than others.  I know that each word is the right word at the time.  There are many paths that I can take with the word more, I am sure that I will find the path that best suits me!